Imphal: The Central Bureau of Investigation today organized the ‘Investiture Ceremony’ in New Delhi. Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Science & Technology, PMO, Personnel Energy and Space, Dr Jitendra Singh, was the chief guest at event which was also attended by Chief Vigilance Commissioner, Suresh N.Patel, and Union Secretary(Personnel), Pradip Kumar Tripathi.
Dr Jitendra Singh in his address congratulated the decorated awardee officers and called upon them to rededicate themselves to the service of the nation with the best of their skills and talent. Dr Jitendra Singh reiterated that the Modi Government is committed to upholding, preserve and strengthening the independence and autonomy of CBI and all such other investigating institutions. He also said that zero-tolerance for corruption, transparency and citizen centricity are the three main Mantras that determine the administrative outlook of the government headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Expressing concern over certain States withdrawing the general consent to CBI to investigate cases but nevertheless holding on the prerogative to give selective consent where it suits them, Dr Jitendra Singh called for wider introspection by the polity, the society and the nation at large whether this is the kind of propriety which is to be followed. He emphasized that these State Governments have to come clear and state whether they trust CBI or not, or whether they trust CBI selectively as they continue to give selective consent in cases which suit them.
Drawing attention to the Prime Minister’s address in October this year, wherein he said, “New India is no longer ready to accept that corruption as part of the system”, Dr Jitendra Singh said, efforts are afoot at a fast pace to make the system transparent, efficient and smooth. He said, Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 was amended after 30 years in 2018 to introduce a number of new provisions including criminalizing the act of giving bribes also, in addition to taking bribes and at the same time putting in place an effective deterrence for such actions by individuals as well as corporate entities.
Speaking on the occasion, Director CBI Subodh Kumar Jaiswal congratulated all the CBI awardees. Shri Jaiswal reiterated the unflinching commitment of CBI to work towards the national goal of Zero Tolerance against Corruption stating that CBI has over the years evolved into a multidisciplinary premier investigating agency of the country inducting professionals from different fields. Shri Jaiswal also stressed that CBI is trusted by Courts, Governments, and people at large. For every serious crime, there is always a clamor for CBI investigation.
The success of CBI is exemplified by the fact that CBI has over the years been able to achieve a nearly 70% conviction rate despite of the fact that the accused are able to get the best of legal support. He underlined that CBI is committed to taking forward the great legacy and adapting with time
Dr.Jitendra Singh, presented the Police Medals for Meritorious Service to 47 CBI officials. Dr. Jitendra Singh also presented Gold Medal for Best Investigating Officer to Seema Pahuja, DSP, SC-I, CBI, New Delhi
Praveen Sinha, Special Director, CBI gave the Vote of Thanks. The event was also joined virtually by all the CBI branches across the country, said a press release from CBI headquarters.